Using the Electronic Health Record to Enhance Care in Pediatric Rheumatology

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2022 Feb;48(1):245-258. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2021.08.004.


The electronic health record (EHR) ecosystem is undergoing rapid evolution in response to new rules and regulations promulgated by the US HITECH Act (2009) and the 21st Century Cures Act (2016), which together promote and support enhanced information use, access, exchange, as well as vendor-agnostic application development. By leveraging emerging new standards and technology for EHR data interchange, for example, FHIR and SMART, pediatric rheumatology clinical care, research, and quality improvement communities will have the opportunity to streamline documentation workflows, integrate patient-reported outcomes into clinical care, reuse clinical data for research purposes, and embed implementation science approaches within the EHR.

Keywords: Clinical research informatics; Cures act; Electronic health record; HITECH; Interoperability; Pediatric rheumatology.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't